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Irap Goes From Maiden to Derby Candidate With Blue Grass Score

April 9, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Reddam Racing’s maiden Irap faced a strong field of six other sophomores, more than half of which were graded stakes winners, and earned his first trip to the winner’s circle as well as a ticket to the Kentucky Derby with his 3/4-length victory in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GII) […]

Thirteen Take Stab at Wide Open Santa Anita Derby

April 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A nearly full field of 13 sophomores will head postward in the 81st running of the Santa Anita Derby (GI), which has been carded as Saturday’s eighth race at the Great Race Place and will go off at 3:30 PT. The rather large field is filled with runners who otherwise we’d logically […]

Arrogate Back in California, Will Get Brief Break

April 3, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Juddmonte Farm’s Dubai World Cup (GI) winner Arrogate arrived safely back at trainer Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita Park base on Saturday after a 20,000-mile round trip to the Middle East and 48 hours of quarantine at Los Angeles International Airport. The big gray colt was accompanied by stablemate Hoppertunity, who was sixth in […]

Always Dreaming Has Connections Doing Just That After Florida Derby Win

April 2, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa and Vinnie Viola, Siena Farm, West Point Thoroughbreds and St. Elias Stable’s Always Dreaming went from Kentucky Derby (GI) outsider to legit contender in one fell swoop on Saturday with his impressive five-length victory in the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream Park. The bay son of Bodemeister […]

Girvin Answers All Questions With Louisiana Derby Win

April 1, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Despite winning the Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds a month ago, a bit of a question mark still hung over Brad Grady’s Girvin heading into Saturday’s Louisiana Derby (GI) at Fair Grounds. Was he really a turf runner? Could he get the distance? Was he pace dependent? Was his young […]

Farrell Proves Best With Fair Grounds Oaks Victory

April 1, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Coffepot Stables’ homebred Farrell officially claimed her position as the filly to beat to beat in the Kentucky Oaks with her impressive 3 ¼-length score in the $388,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) over the Louisiana oval’s fast main track on Saturday. The daughter of Malibu Moon is trained by Wayne Catalano and […]

Louisiana Derby Draws Nine in Search of History

March 31, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Despite the fact that only two horses in history have completed the Louisiana Derby (GII)-Kentucky Derby (GI) double, the main event for the Fair Grounds meet is still an important stop along the Triple Crown trail. Before points determined who would make the gate for the Run for the Roses, graded purse […]

Arrogate Becomes World’s Richest Racehorse With Dubai Win

March 25, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom In a performance that will no doubt go down in history as one of the most impressive of all time, Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate captured the 2017 Dubai World Cup (GI) at Meydan Racecourse with a jaw-dropping last-to-first rally that left little doubt as to who the best horse in the world is. […]

Arrogate Headlines “Duel in the Desert”

March 24, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Since the first running of the Dubai World Cup (GI) and Cigar’s amazing victory at Nad Al Sheba in 1996, some really talented American-based horses have taken their best shot in the great “Duel in the Desert.” Half of the winners over the last decade have been Americans, including dual Horse of […]

Zenyatta’s Son Ziconic Second in Long-Awaited Return

March 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss’ homebred Ziconic, the second foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, made his long-awaited return to racing on Sunday at Santa Anita, posting an impressive second-place finish in the afternoon’s fourth race, a one-mile maiden special weight turf event for 4-year-olds and up. The John […]